4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

4 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
San Jose
— Few hours


Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get interesting insight from Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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San Jose

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Jose tour app.

Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 15th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Costa Rica travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.